When it comes to compiling a list of the best beaches in the world, everyone will have their own opinion. A search of the internet will reveal lists from a myriad of travel authorities from high-end magazines to budget-focused breaks, and places from New Zealand to Croatia.
Some love the hustle and bustle of a city beach, while others are enchanted by wild, untamed vistas. Many holidaymakers can’t resist a palm-lined promenade, while others prefer the windswept and rugged beaches of a northern climate.
There are some beaches around the world however, that are undeniably spectacular and if you’re looking for an unforgettable destination for your next beach break, here are some of the very best.
Shoal Bay East, Anguilla
With its pure white sand, tropical palm trees and crystal clear waters, Shoal Bay East on the beautiful Caribbean island of Anguilla should be the dictionary definition of paradise.
One of the most sought-after destinations is Shoal Bay East, which has everything that you could wish for from an archetypal tropical island plus laid back culture, great food and a warm welcome to one of the best islands in the region.
Praia da Bordeira, Portugal
Located in Portugal’s famous Algarve region, the wild expanse and rugged appearance of the Praia da Bordeira is a million miles away from the resorts and high-rise hotels you’d expect of the Algarve.
A favourite with local surfers thanks to the consistent waves and empty waters, Praia da Bordeira stretches for three glorious kilometres, making it easy to find your own piece of paradise on this Portuguese gem.
Baia do Sancho, Brazil
If you’re after a beach with a bit of wow factor, look no further.
Located in the Fernando de Noronha Archipelago, around 200 miles off the coast of Brazil, Baia do Sancho is considered to be the most beautiful beach in the country.
Though it may take a little while to reach the Baia do Sancho, your efforts will be rewarded with stunning views, warm waters and an unforgettable day in the sun.
Anse Lazio, Praslin Island, Seychelles
Surrounded by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, lined with palm trees and covered in soft, white sand, Anse Lazio Beach on Paslin Island, Seychelles, is considered by many to be the best in the region.
The clear water makes the beach especially good for snorkelling, so make sure you pack your flippers when heading to this glorious stretch of sand.
Though you may never come up with a definitive list of the world’s best beaches, with so many fantastic locations to explore, whittling down your favourites is going to be a whole lot of fun!
Do you agree these are the best beaches in the world?